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  • Awesome Music: Whatever other flaws the movie may have, it used the bombing-awesome theme song introduced in Forever.
    • Plus, the pop soundtrack is really good (even if the vastly superior remix to R. Kelly's "Gotham City" is left out) in a "Why tie this music to this movie?" sense.
  • Cliché Storm: This film pulls out numerous cliches of superhero films of its time.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Poison Ivy, of course.
  • Fashion Victim Villain: All of them.
  • Fetish Retardant: The Bat-Nipples and Bat-Butts. Brain Bleach may be required after viewing.
    • Or a Bat-Brain Bleach.
    • Also, the dead, open eyed face Poison Ivy always makes when she kisses her victims is a notable turn-off when it should be the opposite (before the guy dies anyway).
    • Ivy's Odango hairstyle and green jumpsuit just looks silly.
    • Also, Poison Ivy's first evil entrance has her dancing erotically in a gorilla suit before revealing herself.

  Robin: "Gorilla my dreams..."

      • This may be a Shout-Out to, of all things, Marlene Dietrich in the movie Blonde Venus in which she does the same thing.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Batman uses the Force Kick technique on one of Mr. Freeze's henchman in the fight for the Wayne Diamonds.
  • Ham and Cheese / Large Ham / Ham-to-Ham Combat: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman.
  • Hate Dumb: While it's widely accepted as a pretty bad movie, it's not uncommon to see people overreact with childish anger at its mere mention. It may have its flaws, but it's not like it killed anyone.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Ivy, in her guise as Pamela Isley, is about to kiss (and kill) Commissioner Gordon, she stops and tells him "On second thought, you're way too old for me." At one point in her life, Uma Thurman was married to Gary Oldman, who portrays the younger Gordon during his early career in Christopher Nolan's Batman series.
    • In the movie, Batgirl defeats Poison Ivy. In reality, Poison Ivy got the last laugh: Uma Thurman was able to salvage her career after this, but Alicia Silverstone...was not. And it wasn't even by choice like Chris O'Donnell, her career just died. See Never Live It Down.
    • In this film, Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to kill Batman. In Terminator Salvation, he gets a second chance to kill Batman again.
  • Hollywood Homely: Pamela Isley is "ugly" before becoming Poison Ivy because she has glasses, a ponytail and frumpy clothes. All of which disappears when she is turned into Poison Ivy, who looks and sounds more like a reject from a drag show than a "hot chick." This is all the more remarkable considering she is played by Uma Thurman.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: While the film averts this by never pointing it out, Alicia Silverstone had noticeably put on weight since her fame peaked, and the press had a field day with it at the time of the film's release.
  • Ho Yay: Undertones of it are pretty much undeniable between the title characters. Supposedly, George Clooney retroactively claims he played Batman as gay (although it seems more of a Take That against said undertones than anything with truth in it).

 Dick Grayson: You're just saying that so I can't kiss her, is that it?

Bruce Wayne: Listen, Dick, it's a poisonous kiss.

Dick Grayson: A poisonous kiss? You don't understand. She understands how I feel.

Bruce Wayne: She has clouded your mind and you're not thinking straight.

Dick Grayson: I am thinking straight. For the first time in a long time.

  • Ink Stain Adaptation
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The villains, Arnold's Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman's Poison Ivy, are commonly regarded as the only reasons to watch the movie, if not the only good thing on it.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Poison Ivy tries her hand at Magnificent Bitchiness.
  • Memetic Mutation: "YOU LIE!!!"
    • Pretty much anything that Schwarzenegger says, due to the sheer lameness of his puns.
  • Never Live It Down: Joel Schumacher has been forever associated with this film during his lifetime, despite his strong resume before the Batman franchise he became a B-List director. He's also frequently Mis Blamed... um, even by himself, apparently, taking full responsibility in interviews for all of its problems ("If you don't like the movie, blame the director" he said at one point). By contrast, the screenwriter Akiva Goldsman had no setbacks at all and even went on to win an Oscar for his script for A Beautiful Mind. Producer Peter MacGregor-Scott is almost completely unknown despite arguably having more to do with the quality of the film than anyone else.
    • The combination of this film and the equally disastrous The Avengers 1998 knocked Uma Thurman back for a few years. She was eventually able to subvert this, but it took several years and the Kill Bill movies to do so.
      • Alicia Silverstone and Chris O' Donnell both seemed to drop off the A-list soon after this movie.
      • O'Donnell's work slowed down by personal choice; he said he had plenty of offers on notable projects, but turned down just about all of them so he could focus on raising his children.
      • The problem with laying the blame where it belongs (with Warner Bros) is that, given the MASSIVE success of both The Dark Knight Trilogy and Joker, it became unthinkable to blame them for this movie. After all, how can the studio that brought us both the Heath Ledger Joker and the Joaquin Phoenix Joker be the same studio responsible for Bat-nipples and ice puns?
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Play Station got a sandbox-style action game published by Acclaim that was panned for crappy controls; it also featured obviously synthesized renditions of pieces from Elliot Goldenthal's score in the movie. A beat-em-up was also released for the portable Game.Com, and it fared similarly to its 32-bit counterpart with critics.
  • Snark Bait: Ripping on this film is pretty popular. Many snark sites have dedicated time to it. The film was also nominated for a whopping eleven Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, though it only won for Worst Supporting Actress (Alicia Silverstone).
    • Its presence is all but guaranteed on a "worst Superhero film ever" list, and makes more occasional cameos on generic "Worst Films Ever" lists as well., however, used this movie's reputation to create a list of "five comic book movies way worse than Batman and Robin"-- most of which are waaay more obscure than Batman and Robin.
    • Bane especially seems to be a good source of snark, especially when compared to the one played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.
  • So Bad It's Good: If you go in knowing what to expect, and mine it for the unintentional humor, there can be some silly fun to be had.
  • Special Effect Failure: There are several obvious bluescreen shots and lots of rubber icicles.
    • NONE of those effects compare to the fact that there are certain scenes in the movie that are just played backwards AND forwards.
  • Squick: Alfred had a Batsuit made for Barbara... in her exact, form-fitting measurements.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Michael Gough, despite a very limited screen time, gives a genuinely heartwarming performance as a terminally ill Alfred Pennyworth. It is one of the few things about the movie that can be enjoyed at face value. It helps that he had goodwill built up from his presence in the previous three films.
  • Villain Decay: This movie takes Bane, one of Batman's most strategically successful enemies in the comics, and turns him into a Pokemon Speaking caveman.


  • Wangst: Robin seems to spend a good chunk of the movie complaining about something or other.
  • WTH? Casting Agency: Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. Schumacher wanted a man who looked like he was "chiseled out of ice," so Arnold was high on his list, but those with familiarity with the source character tend to have this reaction.
    • Most folks just assumed he was cast because he had a slightly similar accent to the character's portrayals in the Adam West TV series.
  • WTH Costuming Department: The Batnipples are this trope's poster child.
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